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Old 01-17-2016, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Hey all. Just checking to see if anyone here does the subject commute (or a similar one) and could comment on it. I really like living in Parkfairfax but have recently accepted a job at Ft. Belvoir and am concerned about the commute. Google Maps is telling me that it's 45 minutes worst case, but I don't know how trustworthy that is. Just looking to see if anyone has some real world experience.

Thanks!
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Old 01-18-2016, 04:08 AM
 
Location: Northern VA
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Google Maps tells me its only 19 minutes. You'll be doing a reverse commute so the commute shouldn't be bad at all. Of course it really depends on what time you'll be traveling and where on Fort Belvoir you're going. It could easily take another 10-15 minutes to get to work after you get through one of the gates. And you could always run into a delay just getting through the gate.
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Old 01-18-2016, 08:59 AM
 
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Google Maps tells me its only 19 minutes. You'll be doing a reverse commute so the commute shouldn't be bad at all. Of course it really depends on what time you'll be traveling and where on Fort Belvoir you're going. It could easily take another 10-15 minutes to get to work after you get through one of the gates. And you could always run into a delay just getting through the gate.
I work at Belvoir and drive past Parcfairfax every day; all of the above is true. I'm usually from door to parking spot in 25 minutes from Arlington--so if you use 395, it should take you about 10 minutes less. If you're using the Telegraph Gate and arriving before 7:30AM, it won't be a long wait. You could also use the Kingman Gate--busy but not too bad. I would not use the Tulley Gate, which is the entrance for the general public and the commercial trucks.

BTW, if you're driving on post down Gunston Road, watch your speed! The limit is only 30 mph. I got pulled over recently but was let off with a warning.

OP, if you want any more detailed info, feel free to PM me.
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:31 AM
 
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Hey all. Just checking to see if anyone here does the subject commute (or a similar one) and could comment on it. I really like living in Parkfairfax but have recently accepted a job at Ft. Belvoir and am concerned about the commute. Google Maps is telling me that it's 45 minutes worst case, but I don't know how trustworthy that is. Just looking to see if anyone has some real world experience.

Thanks!
45 minutes?
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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45 minutes?
I'm assuming you're saying that 45 minutes is a very conservative estimate?

Google Maps, when I enter 7am on a weekday as my departure time, estimates my trip to take between 25-45 minutes. My work location is very deep within the post so there is definitely a significant amount of on post drive time. Just curious how often I can expect the low end estimate to be what I experience.
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I work at Belvoir and drive past Parcfairfax every day; all of the above is true. I'm usually from door to parking spot in 25 minutes from Arlington--so if you use 395, it should take you about 10 minutes less. If you're using the Telegraph Gate and arriving before 7:30AM, it won't be a long wait. You could also use the Kingman Gate--busy but not too bad. I would not use the Tulley Gate, which is the entrance for the general public and the commercial trucks.

BTW, if you're driving on post down Gunston Road, watch your speed! The limit is only 30 mph. I got pulled over recently but was let off with a warning.

OP, if you want any more detailed info, feel free to PM me.
Detailed and very reassuring. Thank you!
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:51 PM
 
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I'm assuming you're saying that 45 minutes is a very conservative estimate?

Google Maps, when I enter 7am on a weekday as my departure time, estimates my trip to take between 25-45 minutes. My work location is very deep within the post so there is definitely a significant amount of on post drive time. Just curious how often I can expect the low end estimate to be what I experience.
Only on Tuesdays. Cut through Kingstowne.
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Old 01-19-2016, 07:06 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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I rarely have to go to Fort Belvoir, but when I do the biggest pain is getting through the gate. It can easily take 10 minutes. Believe it or not, it took me like twice as long to get to/on Fort Belvoir than it does to get to my normal duty station in DC.


I'm spoiled working at a tiny installation that takes all of 30 seconds to get through the gate.
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Old 01-19-2016, 03:00 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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I rarely have to go to Fort Belvoir, but when I do the biggest pain is getting through the gate. It can easily take 10 minutes. Believe it or not, it took me like twice as long to get to/on Fort Belvoir than it does to get to my normal duty station in DC.

I'm spoiled working at a tiny installation that takes all of 30 seconds to get through the gate.
Had no idea you were a fellow DoD-er. (I'm intrigued as to what tiny DoD agency is in DC but would not expect/advise you to post that publicly.)

Earlier is better at any Belvoir gate--but if you can avoid Pence and especially Tulley and maybe even Walker (which years ago was an easy gate), you'll be better off.
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Old 01-20-2016, 01:32 PM
 
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Had no idea you were a fellow DoD-er. (I'm intrigued as to what tiny DoD agency is in DC but would not expect/advise you to post that publicly.)

Earlier is better at any Belvoir gate--but if you can avoid Pence and especially Tulley and maybe even Walker (which years ago was an easy gate), you'll be better off.
well McNair is a small gated installation in the District....
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